Opportunities abound here in Alaska. As I mentioned before, inside a few hours radius I can be fishing small stream for grayling and rainbows, large stream for salmon and dollies, or hit a large river for everything under the sun. Let’s not forget the lakes. So it makes sense to plan out the upcoming season. Too many choices and no plan can you leave high and dry, with not much to show for it.
This upcoming season I’m hoping to add some diversity back into the mix. As of late the focus has narrowed to rainbow trout and steelhead. Not a bad way to move through the season but you end up neglecting some of the other fine fishing opportunities. So in sort of a shotgun fashion here are some goals for 2008.
- Beadless. If you’ve read any of the latest posts you know one of the goals is to go beadless in 2008. Idea here is that bigger fish will be looking for bigger meals. Present something big, slow, and enticing.
- Grayling. I can’t clearly remember the last time I fished for grayling. May be due to the heavy drinking over the years or old age. Whatever the case it’s been some 5 years now. Too long in my book.
- Fish more stillwater. I work near several lakes stocked with hungry trout. Good way to spend the lunch hour wouldn’t you say?
- Do some mousing. I’m not talking at a $1000 per day lodge in Western Alaska or Kamchatka. I’m talking in my backyard, Southcentral. Rumors have floated around for years.
- Fish more with my dad. Sadly, in the past few years I’ve only fished with my dad once or twice a season. That is about 6 trips in the past 3 years. It wasn’t always like that but inevitably that’s how things go sometimes. I’m thinking this season is going to have a resurgence of family ties.
- Fish water far away from home. My brother lives in Oregon and plans are to visit him this year. I think I’m going to have to make a pilgrimage to the Deschutes. Also, plans are in the works to take my first trip out to the Bristol Bay region to swing flies on the two-hander. Those two trips could blow the doors off 2008.
- Fish new water close to home. Just look at a map of Southcentral Alaska, there is a lot of blue lines packed into a small area.
- Capture the moments. Armed with a Pentax Optio W30 and Canon HV20 I’ve got more fire power than a first time tourist to Alaska. I wonder if they make a waterproof shell for the HV20?
Lots of opportunity…hopefully I can find enough time.